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Man runs from police, takes sanctuary at church

Tony Anderson is being held without bond following his arrest. (Source: Metro Jail) Tony Anderson is being held without bond following his arrest. (Source: Metro Jail)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville police arrested a man wanted on a list of charges after he eluded officers and ran inside a church.

It happened Saturday evening during a traffic stop on Airport Road and Memorial Parkway.

Investigators said Tony Elliot Anderson, a passenger in the car, jumped out and began running towards nearby Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Officers found Anderson in a school building on the church campus soon after and arrested him. Officials said they encountered Anderson two weeks previously, in another incident in which he eluded police.

Associate Pastor of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Father Vincent Bresowar, said afternoon mass had just finished when police came looking for him.

Police asked him if anyone was in the school building. Bresowar checked the records and found no one was scheduled to be inside. He gave police a key to the building, and within 20 minutes, Bresowar said, Anderson was led out in handcuffs.

According to Metro Jail, Anderson faces a total of 20 charges including previous warrants:
  • (4) Attempting to elude police officer
  • (2) Reckless endangerment
  • (2) Leaving the scene of an accident
  • (2) Using false identity to obstruct justice
  • (1) Theft of property
  • (2) Possession of a forged instrument
  • (2) Possession of marijuana
  • (2) Possession of a controlled substance
  • (3) Alias: Non-traffic/felony

The associate pastor said he was thankful the arrest took place without further incident.

"Luckily, thanks be to God, no one was in there, no significant damage," said Father Bresowar. "We're just happy that police were able to do their job effectively and apprehend this individual."

Bond for Anderson's most recent charges has not been set. He remains in the Metro Jail.

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